The Road to Net Zero
For over six decades we’ve established ourselves as a market-leader in the supply of facade and timber products to the construction industry. We’ve built this reputation by developing a deep understanding of our customers and the supply chain. We’re proud to deliver exactly what our customers need in a responsible and ethical way, meeting all our legal environmental obligations.
However, as we look to the future, it’s time for Taylor Maxwell to show a very different kind of leadership in the market and to do everything we can to respond to the enormous environmental challenges facing our climate, planet and communities.
The built environment is a major contributor of global carbon emissions and consumes a huge proportion of the world’s natural resources. The construction industry needs to play a significant role in reducing this. We need to collectively minimise our resource use and eliminate carbon emissions. We know that to change the way we do business is simply the right thing to do. But we have also listened to what our customers are telling us they want and need from their suppliers in the future.
We are determined that Taylor Maxwell will continue to maintain our position as a market-leader providing products of the highest quality to the construction sector.
The team at Taylor Maxwell, led by the Senior Board, are challenging themselves to transform quickly into a business that treads lighter on the planet.
We aim to be carbon net zero in our own operations by 2030 and to be carbon positive by 2035. Understanding and measuring our direct impact and emissions and taking action to mitigate is now underway and is the primary focus of our immediate actions. But we’ll also explore plans to invest in learning, innovation and collaboration across the supply chain and we’ll be working closely with our suppliers to identify and make changes to reduce carbon and other environmental impact where we can.
We still have a lot to learn. But we’re on the path. Our team is on board, and we are ambitious to show what can be done. We look forward to working with all our customers, suppliers and partners to drive the urgent change our planet needs to see.
Our mission is to be the market leader in terms of sustainability in the supply of facades and timber products to the construction sector and for Taylor Maxwell to be known as a company that has innovation and partnership working at its core to achieve this.
Our Sustainability Mission
Where are we now?
At Taylor Maxwell, we have always carried out our business with integrity and responsibility. This is demonstrated by our approach to environmental responsibility to date. Our current sustainability policy supports our staff team to use less and reduce waste and energy consumption in our direct activities. We encourage use of recycled and recyclable materials and the recycling of everything we can. Our transport policy asks for the use of public transport where possible, we have a cycle to work scheme in place and CO2 limits on our fleet.
We have an environmental management system compliant with ISO 14001:2015. We are focused on finding ethical suppliers and partners, only accepting business from BS6001 certified companies. Our facades purchasing guidelines support our team to make more sustainable and responsible purchasing decisions.
Taylor Maxwell are market leaders in the supply of sustainable timber to the UK market. We are Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) certified. This means we are audited on our purchasing, outsourcing and sub-contracted processing, sales and distribution of timber. Over 90% of our timber sold is FSC and PEFC accredited, and we have a clear view of the chain of custody on the rest.
In both the facades and timber businesses we make every effort to ensure that shipping and transport routes are as direct as possible to minimise carbon emissions. We are also in discussion with suppliers about reducing the use of plastics to wrap bricks and timber.
Taylor Maxwell - a significant step change
To deliver against our sustainability mission we are committed to making an immediate and significant step change in how we work. We have established an internal sustainability team and are now in the process of developing a full sustainability strategy to map a clear path to clarifying and achieving our goals. We have also developed a series of short working themes and some clear actions to accelerate progress as we work on our strategy.
1. Carbon net zero by 2030 (in our own operations)
By 2030 we aim to be carbon net zero in our own direct operations and climate/carbon positive by 2035. We will do this by reducing our emissions as far as possible through resource use, technology, innovation and behaviour change and offsetting only what we can’t change in that time.
The following actions are underway and our strategy later in the year will set out our full approach:
- Measuring our carbon emissions to establish a baseline, set targets and monitor reduction progress
- Taking first actions to begin to reduce our impact
- Reviewing our estate with an aim to reduce energy wastage and increase building efficiency
- Negotiating to procure certified natural renewable energy
- Taking steps to eliminate single use plastic from our offices and at our events
- Reviewing our company car policy with a view to using lower emission vehicles and planning to install EV chargers at our offices
- Discussing our approach to recycling and how we generate zero avoidable waste
- Beginning discussions on why and how we travel to review the possibility of reducing mileage
- Working with a consultant who is an expert in logistics and route planning, with a view to reducing freight impact
2. Influencing environmental change in the supply chain
Over the coming years Taylor Maxwell is committed to working with customers, suppliers, contractors, architects, developers, merchants and manufacturers to drive positive environmental change in the construction industry supply chain. Through both collaboration and influence, we want to work to support the aspirations of the leading building contractors of a net zero construction supply chain by 2040 (ref: Wilmott Dixon 2019).
This will require an increase in focus on sustainable sourcing and procurement, order fulfilment e.g. packaging and transportation and increasing the knowledge of sustainability in our own staff team.
Our goal is to reduce carbon and other negative environmental impacts within our supply chain and our strategy to be launched later this year will set out our approach. Early actions will include working to understand the embedded carbon within our own supply chain, a new supplier onboarding approach and starting conversations on packaging.
3. Collaborating and building capacity to drive environmental change in the market
The pace needed to meet the scale of change necessary in the next decade will be challenging for the construction supply chain. We are, without exception, grappling with issues that are a significant challenge to the way we’ve done business until now. There needs to be creativity, innovation and collaboration to tackle these challenges together. We want to work with others in the supply chain - our suppliers, customers and other partners - to explore how we might build capacity and collaborate.
As a first step, we intend to invest in people to build expertise to benefit the entire supply chain, starting with our own staff and engaging them with the ‘Sustainability Supply Chain School’ to support their sustainability CPD. We’re also committed to a culture of sharing expertise - being open about our environmental progress, successes and challenges as a supplier (and also a customer) in the construction supply chain.
The writing of our sustainability strategy is now well underway and will be published later in the year. It will focus on transforming the way we do business. We’re engaging with our staff team to inspire and educate on the importance of sustainability in the business and are pleased to be able to now share our ambitions and early actions with all our partners in the supply chain. We look forward to working with all of you.
The Taylor Maxwell Team